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Media frenzy greets Beckham's first day

Dan MacGuill · 13 Feb 2013, 13:10

Published: 13 Feb 2013 13:10 GMT+01:00

Could this be the most hyped first day at work that France has ever seen?

According to reports on Wednesay, 150 journalists have come from ten different countries, just to stand on the sidelines of PSG’s Camp des Loges training ground, “the centre of the universe for a few hours”, as 365 Sport France labelled it.

The reason? The first appearance in a PSG kit of a certain David. Beckham, whose arrival in Paris on January 31st caused such a media storm in France.

Becks, as he is being called with increasing affection in France, already caused a stir with his presence at PSG’s Champions League second-round victory over Spanish club Valencia on Tuesday evening.

365 Sport – which started a live blog for the 3pm  training session four hours before it was due to begin – breathlessly noted that “he even stood up from his seat for [PSG’s] two goals.”

French daily Le Parisien documented the former England captain’s itinerary from the last few days – New York, London, Valencia, and Paris – down to the exact time that he checked in at his hotel before Tuesday evening’s match in Spain (11.25 am, in case you were wondering.)

For their part, France TV 3 were set to send not one, but two correspondents to the training ground.

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The club itself has been slightly more muted in its comments to the French media. PSG’s coach Carlo Ancelotti told RMC Sport – which, not to be outdone, started its live blog at 8am on Wednesday – that Beckham had settled in well with his teammates.

“I’m sure he’ll help the team, he’s mixing well with the group,” said the Italian. “I don’t know if he’ll play against [Ligue 1 club] Sochaux this weekend. He still has to train and I still have to see him with his teammates, but I’m optimistic.” 

Once today's mayhem is over, anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of France's newly-arrived superstar should consult our guide to David Beckham's possible Parisian hangouts.

Dan MacGuill (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

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